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Saturday, April 6, 2013

AP April Challenge - Birds

It's time for another Altered Pages Challenge!
{Technically, it doesn't start until Monday, but I couldn't contain myself any longer!! So I'm getting a jump on it today!}

Haven't participated in a challenge yet?
It SUPER easy! Just hop on over to the AP Challenge Blog for the monthly details (2nd Monday every month); create a project using at least ONE image/product from Altered Pages; write about it on your blog & link up to the Challenge Blog!
It's that easy! 
C'mon...join in on the fun!
There's always a great prize package! And sometimes Jean adds more prizes for every day that someone links up their projects! WOW

"She was a nurturing soul"
Ok, so...I decided to approach the challenge a little differently this month & although the theme is Birds, I didn't really "focus" on the birds in my project...I wanted to play at drawing faces & creating a mixed media 11x14 canvas from there. This is my end result & I LOVE it! LOL!! If you want to see more, head on over to my personal blog - My Laughing Magpie! Or if you want to buy it, she's listed in my Etsy shop as well!

Supplies used:
Vintage Bird Cards AP 1790 (collage sheet)
Glitz Papers from Beautiful Dreamer Collection & tiny alphabet (background & title)
Gel Medium (adhesive)
Molding paste (hair)
Acrylic paints (all over)
Stamps (texture, background)
Colored Pencils & Inktense Blocks (face)
Found objects (hair accessories, necklace & broach)
Shredded paper (nest)

Hope you'll vote for me when the voting opens on the Challenge Blog!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lovely Altered Pages Challenge Post

Altered Pages is celebrating the coming of Spring with their latest challenge - Lavender Thoughts!
I missed last month's challenge, so I wanted to be sure to get in on the fun this month! And what better way than an ATB! 
An Artist Trading Block that is! 
What IS an ATB you ask...its a chunk of wood that you can spruce up with whatever strikes your fancy & trade it with other artists like ATC's or simply keep it for yourself to admire! 
I'm keepin' mine! LOL!!

First I covered the block with a couple of pieces of Bazzill's Antique papers

Then I painted over that with a mixture of white glitter paint & the lovely Eco Friendly Paint in "Matte Eggplant" to make a lavender color. Next, I added the cute fairy on her butterfly from the Children on the Wing collage sheet & butterflies from the Victorian Butterflies sheet; the picket fence & some other little treasures from my stash. 

Finally I used some Glitter Silk paper & the "Strings of Pennants" die to create the "Fairy Garden" banner.

Don't forget to vote on/after the 15th for your favorite DT project & enter your own for this FABULOUS prize pack...
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Altered Pages Challenge #5: "Snow Dancing"

It's time for another AP challenge, using AP products...of course! Cuz they ROCK!!!

The theme this month is "Snow Dancing."

I am the first to admit that I am NOT a seamstress!
BUT, I LOVE to use my sewing machine when creating altered pieces & kinda feel that if it's just for me, I can get away with crooked lines!!
This one was inspired by our very own AP DT member, Tristan Robin Blakeman, who creates the most AMAZING altered fabric collage art!!! 
{Mine is nowhere near as lovely as his, but I like it anyway!}
I used an image from the "Vintage Ice Ballet" collage sheet sewn upon layers of linen, satin, some strange foil-like material, flowers, trim & mother of pearl buttons! I left a little pocket at the top so that I can slip a dowel through it later to hang.

I hope you will join in on the challenge this month! Jean is promising a big prize package with up to 10 products! The catch - more people need to sign up for the prizes to continue to grow! You can read more about the challenge here!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Once again...

Here we go's been too long since I've blogged anything & even longer since I have been creative!!!

While I have been in the midst of moving about 25 miles south of our old home, mom & Kim have managed to get creative with some fun projects that I promise to photograph & post here in the next couple of weeks!

We (my little family) are off to Maui today for our annual timeshare week & when I get back, it's time to unpack the studio! Just in time to take off again for a family visit over Christmas!

I am itching to get my fingers & brushes wet!
I have so many painting ideas in my head...hopefully they will come to fruition soon!

Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season with loved ones!



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Still here...sort of!

Just a quick note to let you know that we're still here!

I am in the annoying process of packing a house we've been in for 16 years & moving 35 miles away! BOY do we (I) have a lot of stuff!
So, not much time for blogging lately, or art for that matter!

I promise to post more of an update on the "Larger than Life" class I took in Oregon last month with Alisa Burke & the great time I spent with my friend Rachel Carlson. Time with family & friends.  And moving pix & the new home.